The inaugural class of
Walmart’s first training academy in Washington will don caps and
gowns in Poulsbo next week.
The new training center at the Poulsbo Walmart
Supercenter is among
200 the retail giant plans to open in the next
The academies are aimed at helping department managers and
hourly supervisors gain retail skills and the
knowledge needed to run their specific departments, according
to a news release. Participants receive two weeks of
hands-on training in classrooms and on the sales floor.
A ceremony for the Poulsbo academy graduates is
scheduled for 8 a.m. Tuesday.
Depot offers some of the best views in the city, with Liberty
Bay and Mount Rainier visible on clear days.
The hilltop site would provide a
dramatic setting for a hotel, which, it turns out, is
just what a Seattle hospitality company has planned there.
Concepts is moving ahead with plans for a 110-room
hotel on 5 acres in College Marketplace, according to
representatives of real estate firm Marcus & Millichap.
Agent Brian Mayer said Hotel Concepts is in the process of
selecting an architect and franchise for the project, and plans to
move ahead rapidly with permitting. The Poulsbo site offers
easy access to Highways 3 and 305, and is situated near to major
retailers and an Olympic College branch:
Hotel Concepts isn’t new to Kitsap. The company operates both
Hampton Inn & Suites and
Fairfield Inn & Suites in downtown Bremerton. Its
portfolio includes a dozen hotels in the Seattle area and
a Holiday Inn Express in Kona, Hawaii.
Hotel Concepts recently purchased
more than 60 acres in the College Marketplace master plan
area. Land outside of the hotel site is being offered for sale
by Marcus & Millichap. The available
property includes a mix of parcels zoned for business
park, commercial and residential use.
College Marketplace could once again be a hotbed for development
in the near future. Housing
Kitsap and Central Highland
plans for a residential neighborhood on the hillside, while
The YMCA is
considering building a facility next to Olympic College.
As the Super Bowl of retail
kicks off on Friday, protestors will turn out to Kitsap
Walmart locations in support
Protests are planned at Bremerton, Poulsbo and Port Orchard
Walmarts Friday, according to a news release from union UFCW
Actions organized by OUR
Walmart and other groups are planned at all 64 Washington
stores this week, as part of a national campaign “showcase how
widespread the call for change at Walmart is.”
The release said the protestors will
call on Walmart “to provide workers with fair pay for
hard work, full time hours, respect, and to end the retaliation
against workers who speak out for an improved workplace.”